The Love of the Banquette


Booth? Table? or Banquette?…

From everyday seating in cozy breakfast nooks, to elegant dining rooms and seating areas, banquettes have been popping up on the interior design radar with gorgeous new designs and unique placements.

The term Banquette is derived from the French word for bench. It is traditionally a built in piece of furniture that fits into a corner or against a wall, that takes up less space than an assortment of chairs around a table. Contemporary renditions of this seating trend include use of a wider variety of furniture including using antique couches or the back of a kitchen island as the base for the banquette. Some new versions even include extra storage space or cubbies for pets, perfect for a smaller home or those living in apartments or highrises!

Breakfast Nooks

Curl up with your coffee and the paper or brunch with mimosas. Either way, who wouldn’t love to start the morning in these sophisticated banquettes!

Designer Julia Blailock-  art by Segreto Finishes.

Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Casual Home

Better Homes and Gardens


At Home Arkansas

House and Home



Southern Living


Behind the Island

It’s inevitable, the party always ends up in the kitchen! The Banquette setup encourages diners to get cozy and enjoy a lingering meal so it’s the perfect solution to add one to the back of the kitchen island. These banquettes will keep the gathering together from dinner prep all the way through cleanup.

Damask and Design

Traditional Home

Tobi Fairley


Dining Rooms

Anything but stuffy, these elegant banquettes are a breath of fresh air for the traditional dining setting. The term “banquette” is closely related to “banquet” The sources of these words may vary in history but collectively we associate these terms with friends and family gathering to celebrate and enjoy meals together.

MJ Interior Design Inc. Traditional Home.

Great tufted Banquette (Designer: Sarah Richardson)



Seating Vignettes

Space saving and incredibly chic built-in banquettes transform corners and walls into friendly gathering spots.

Cote de Texas

Desde My Ventana 

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La Dolce Vita, designer Colleen McGill



Custom Make One of Your Very Own, or…Can’t wait or want something more mobile? Try one of the many new ready made options like one of these.

This banquette settee by Ralph Lauren Home would take the morning cup of Joe to a whole new level.

 Hickory White (left), Windsor Smith Home Collection (right)


Bonus Features!

left: source unknown, right Design Dump

Extra storage is always a good thing. If only they could fit another walk in closet underneath a banquette! These creative, camouflaged hiding spots could stow all kinds of goodies.

And finally some furry friends to send you off! Chris Madden has the right idea with his custom banquette. Human seating on the top, cozy dog beds underneath.

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  1. Victoria Athens says:

    I love this look. One of my favorite kitchens is by Dan Carithers who used an antique table and two French bergeres at the back of the island. I have five places to dine in my home (not including in front of the TV…I live alone), from the most casual at the kitchen island to the most formal in the dining room. Two spots are outdoors since I live in Florida, so I have many places for different dining moods. No banquettes, although I admire them. The closest is an antique Empire settee as seating for two at my dining table. I love the elegance of settee and chairs around the table. Thanks for such lovely examples.
    XO, Victoria

  2. Hi Leslie,

    I love banquettes because they invite conversation and lingering at the table . I have never had a room large enough for one yet, though! I would happily have any of these in my home. And the dog bed underneath- what a great idea!

  3. Leslie I have never seen so many gorgeous examples of using the banquette in decor.
    Just seeing these bring me joy! Thank you my friend!

    Art by Karena